Project Management

3 Ways to Motivate Your Team

Bart has been in ecommerce for over 20 years, and can't imagine a better job to have. He is interested in all things agile, or anything new to learn.

In today’s business environment, many of the people on the teams that we manage have more options than ever. They can choose between companies, projects and industries; they can choose when and where they work; and some can even choose if they want to be working at all. Because of this, we are often faced with finding ways to motivate our teams and move away from the traditional command-and-control approach. Our team members are looking for more meaning behind the work that they are doing. Finding those motivators, and keeping the team interested is important to project success. Much like everything else, this responsibility ultimately can fall on the project manager.

More than just possessing a need to be motivated, team members are seeing work as more of a two-way relationship, looking for what they are getting out of a task, a project or a piece of work, beyond merely their salaries and employment. They are looking for work that matters to them, or will stretch and grow them in their careers, or work that will have meaning to their personal values. The good news is that most projects have these kinds of assignments. The reason we have projects that need managing is that they have complicated things to do, that make a difference to customers and to the business, and sometimes, to the community as well. It’s up to the project manager to find them and align the team members …

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